BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY

IS AN ONGOING ACT OF RESISTANCE AND CELEBRATION. BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY VOLUME 2 IS THE SECOND PROJECT IN THIS ANTHOLOGY SERIES, AND INCLUDES WORK FROM:

George Abraham / Steven Alvarez /
Ruth Awad / Cameron Awkward-Rich /
Ari Banias / Samiya Bashir /
Zeina Hashem Beck / Destiny O. Birdsong / Ariana Brown / Jericho Brown /
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello /
Kayleb Rae Candrilli / Chia-Lun Chang /
Hayan Charara / Leila Chatti /
Chen Chen 최 Lindsay /
Tiana Clark / Allison Hedge Coke /
Joey De Jesus / Demian DinéYazhi´ /
jayy dodd / Anaïs Duplan /
Tafisha A. Edwards / Justine el-Khazen /
Siaara Freeman Shamala Gallagher /
Suzi F. Garcia Hafizah Geter /
torrin a. greathouse / Jacq Greyja /
Paul Guest / Minal Hajratwala /
Marwa Helal / KOKUMỌ /
Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada / Sade LaNay /
Cecelia Rose LaPointe / Henry Wei Leung / Sarah Maria Medina / Kamilah Aisha Moon / Hieu Minh Nguyen / Christina Olivares /
Wale Owoade / Xandria Phillips /
Gabriel Ramirez / Justin Phillip Reed /
Patrick Rosal / Nicole Sealey /
Jess X. Snow / Christopher Soto /
Nomi Stone / Lisa Summe /
Chrysanthemum Tran / Lena Khalaf Tuffaha / Moss Angel the Undying / Vickie Vértiz / Vanessa Angelica Villarreal
Nikki Wallschlaeger / Rachel Jamison Webster / Candace Williams 

This anthology and its squad of editors better American poetry by gathering a diverse formation of poets who inspire us to read across difference, speak against power, and breathe through struggle.

-Craig Santos Perez, author of from unincorporated territory [lukao]
 

Bettering American Poetry is an explosive revelation of the arriving generation of American poets—arriving from every part of the landscape, bringing energies, gifts, and ways of seeing and saying of every kind. Plunge into its pages. See/hear the news of who we are.

-Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World


READ MORE ABOUT THE POETS OF BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY VOLUME 2 HERE.


Thank you, editors, thank you, authors for utterly rearranging my cells. This is the only anthology with the word "American" I want to be a part of. A series I will return to, giddy. How desperately I need to experience how big a poem can be—what a gift you've given us—I'm beaming at you, poets—brutal and honey, whiplash and cry.

-TC Tolbert, author of Gephyromania and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics

 

Some anthologies are important. Some are important and necessary. Resistance on every level to what is considered normal and acceptable is both important and necessary. It is the only way to breathe. This gathering helps us breathe. We need all the help we can get.

-John Yau, author of The Wild Children of William Bake (2017) and the forthcoming Bijoux in the Dark (2018)